London fair Masterpiece continues to flourish

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Masterpiece London attracts best of the best from around the world

 Masterpiece London continues to attract the ‘best of the best’ from around the world at the inaugural Fair from 24-29 June 2010. This innovative event boasts some of the most illustrious names in the industry, providing a unique fusion of old and new, with traditional fine art and antiques juxtaposed with more contemporary works of art and premium collectors’ items.

Joining A La Vieille Russie, MacConnal-Mason, Marchant, SJ Phillips, Peter Finer and the Tomasso Brothers, Masterpiece announce further new participants: Anthony Woodburn, Cahn International, Offer Waterman, Galerie Steinitz, Vanderven & Vanderven and Wartski. Amongst these names will be the established founders Mallett, Ronald Phillips, Apter-Fredericks and Asprey as Masterpiece London seeks to showcase some of the greatest works on a scale not seen in the capital since the Great Exhibition of 1851.

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Re-affirming the capital’s credentials as a leading artistic and cultural hub, Masterpiece London exhibitors will offer for sale works by leading international names, including Fabergé, Lalique and Cartier to name but a few.

Amongst the highlight pieces at Masterpiece London, will be an exceptional collection of Imperial Fabergé from Wartski, the leading art and antique dealers, specialising in fine jewellery since 1865. Visitors will be enthralled by an Imperial nephrite and enamelled gold dish and stunning Imperial gem-set and enamelled gold bellpush, both once owned by Dowager Tsarina Maria Feodorovna and Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna, respectively.

Sparkling alongside these Fabergé treasures, enthusiasts will be captivated by the brilliance of Epoque Fine Jewels’ offering. Representing the very finest in Art Nouveau, Garland Style and Art Deco jewellery, their collection will include a René Lalique gold, diamond and enamel dog collar plaque, a platinum, turquoise and diamond ‘collier de chien’ by Cartier and an impressive Renaissance Revival rock crystal, ruby and diamond ‘devant de corsage’ brooch by Jean – Valentin Morel, depicting the Greek goddess Hera.

Elsewhere, a magnificent monumental Roman sculpture of the torso of Dionysos from an outstanding collection by Cahn International, is anticipated to attract widespread interest. Equally majestic, is a beautifully-ornate pair of late 15th Century kneeling angels from Richard Philp. This exquisitely gilded celestial pair is expected to sell for an impressive £35,000.

Demonstrating the unrivalled diversity of Masterpiece London, visitors can enjoy some of the most alluring examples of Oriental and Asian Art alongside exceptional offerings in the fields of modern and contemporary design. In terms of the former, Gregg Baker Asian Art will be showcasing an extensive collection of antique Japanese paper screens including an Edo Period 17th Century depiction of the battle of Ichinotani, a surprise attack mounted by the Minamoto in the spring of 1184 against the Taira clan.

From the contemporary art sector, the highly-renowned Sims Reed Gallery will be exhibiting a number of original modern master graphics by European, American and British Artists, including works by Lichtenstein, Damien Hirst, Hockney, Matisse and Picasso.

Thomas Woodham Smith, Chairman of the Masterpiece London Board comments: “the rapidly developing plans for Masterpiece London continue to excite in terms of thrilling possibilities for both visitors and exhibitors. Over the next month a number of major high-profile collaborations and details of the Masterpieces to be showcased at the event will be announced.”

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